National Work Zone Awareness Week event scheduled April 3 in Grand Rapids

Contact: John Richard, MDOT Office of Communications, 616-451-4063
Agency: Transportation

WHAT:
A news conference and public event at the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Grand Rapids maintenance facility to kick off National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW), April 3-7. Officials from MDOT, the Michigan State Police (MSP), American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA), Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA), Consumers Energy, and the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association (MITA) will speak about work zone and roadway safety, and innovations in transportation.

SPEAKERS:
MDOT Chief Operations Officer Mark Van Port Fleet   
Cyndi Kamps, spouse of injured worker
MSP Rockford Post Commander F/Lt. Chris McIntire
ATSSA Michigan Chapter President Eydie Case
MITA Vice President of Industry Relations Rachelle VanDeventer
MIOSHA Director Bart Pickelman
Consumers Energy Vice President of Gas Operations Charles Crews
SEIU Local 517M President George Heath

WHEN:
Monday, April 3, 2017
10:30 a.m.                  

WHERE:
MDOT Grand Region Maintenance Facility
1240 Front Ave.
Grand Rapids

Special accommodations can be made for persons with disabilities and limited English speaking ability. Large print materials, auxiliary aids or the services of interpreters, signers, or readers available upon request. Please call 517-373-9534 in advance of the meeting to request.

BACKGROUND:
As part of the nationwide Toward Zero Deaths safety campaign, a vision of eliminating fatalities on our nation's roads, NWZAW became a national event in 2000 and awareness has grown ever since. MDOT, along with numerous traffic safety partners across the country, supports NWZAW to raise awareness and further improve roadway safety for all workers, drivers and their passengers.

This year's NWZAW national campaign theme is: "Work Zone Safety is in Your Hands".  

For more facts, stats and information about work zone safety, visit: http://www.ops.fhwa.dot.gov/wz/outreach/wz_awareness.htm.